National Asset Management Agency
The National Asset Management Agency (NAMA) was formally established in December 2009 as one of a number of initiatives taken by the Government to address the serious crisis in Irish banking which had developed as a result of excessive lending to the property sector, particularly during the years 2003 to 2007. It has acquired certain loan assets (land and development and associated loans) in exchange for Government-guaranteed securities issued by it directly to participating financial institutions.
NAMA’s statutory commercial objective is to obtain, in so far as possible, the best achievable financial return for the State having regard to the cost to the Exchequer of acquiring and dealing with bank assets, NAMA’s cost of capital and other costs.
NAMA operates as an independent commercial entity with its own board appointed by the Minister for Finance and including, ex officio, the Chief Executive of the NTMA and the Chief Executive of NAMA.
All of NAMA’s staff are employees of the NTMA and are assigned to NAMA by the NTMA. The NTMA also provides NAMA with business and support services, including HR, IT, market risk, transaction processing and treasury services. NAMA reimburses the NTMA the costs of staff assigned to NAMA and the costs of business and support services.
More information on NAMA is available on NAMA’s website.